Bezons/Frankfurt, 25 November 2019 – Worldline [Euronext: WLN], the European market leader in payment and transaction services, proudly announces the winners of its e-Payments Challenge 2019, the industry’s unique hackathon that speeds up the innovation-to-business cycle. The competition showed an extraordinary level of professionalism amongst the Fintechs and produced spot-on solutions to a multitude of industry challenges. Best examples are OneVisage that won the Grand Jury award and Cloudasset, awarded with a special prize.

The e-Payments Challenge is an open exchange forum which brings together Fintech start-ups, with Worldline customers and its own experts for 3 intense days of co-creation. 25 Fintech startups competed mid-September in Frankfurt on 15 challenges set by 11 clients to design solutions using Worldline assets.

The results give evidence of the effectiveness of Worldline’s unique co-creation recipe: the hands-on interaction in the triangle of competing Fintech teams, senior representatives from some of the most established industry players such as Accor, Erste Bank and OP finance, and Worldline’s own experts demonstrating the technology on site secured high-quality solutions.

Marc-Henri Desportes, Deputy CEO of Worldline, said: “The e-Payments Challenge this year was a great success and the most productive melting pot of customers, Worldline experts and Fintechs. The results are impressive, as most of the solutions that emerged from the intense collaboration between startups, clients and our experts are much more than creative ideas: they deliver clear solutions with full implementation potential. No wonder our clients found the Challenge extremely insightful and they are now keen to move to the next stage in the co-creation process.”

Awarded solutions answer industry challenges of tomorrow

In addition to 15 category winners, the grand jury selected OneVisage, a Swiss startup which aims to become a leading digital identity service provider, for the “Grand Prix” award. Their smart solution helps prevent digital identity theft.

François-Xavier Mille, VP Hotel tools & Payment from ACCOR, is satisfied with the results: “Accor has been sponsoring the e-Payments Challenge for the second time now, and our expectations have been more than met. With Worldline and OneVisage we take user experience and security of 3D authentication to a next level, whereby our customers will have full control of their biometric data.”

Christophe Remillet, CEO of OneVisage: “Our vision is to disrupt the payments industry by introducing 3D facial biometric solutions that consumers can totally control. We are immensely proud of the award and even more about the trust that Accor puts in us to implement the solution. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Worldline and Accor to deliver our solutions and grow the company.”

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